MAGNET Holiday Party 2012: Mad Men Party Etiquette

By Corinn Ploessl

We’ve given you tips on

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Dress to Impress. Our previous blogs have given you tips on how to dress the part–now go back, reread them, and make a checklist of what to wear for the party. Take pride in your appearance--it will make the night more fun if you dress the part.

Grab a Drink. The most important ’60s accessory isn’t a tie or pair of gloves, but a good strong cocktail. To fit the Mad Men part, ask the bartender for an old fashioned, a Tom Collins, or a muddled gin and tonic. OK, so maybe you’ll settle for a cold beer or a rum and Coke, but whatever you’re drinking, drink it with class.

Once you get a drink, don’t hang around the bar–get out and mingle. Keep in mind how you’re holding your drink as well. Don’t you just love the person who extends a wet, ice-cold hand for you to shake? NOT. A chilled drink like white wine should be held by the stem and a highball should be held by the base of the glass rather than wrapping your hand around the drink.

As always, have a designated driver. Gone are the days when drunk drivers just pay a fine and carry on, like Don Draper. Please be responsible.

(Don’t) Fill Your Plate. Now that you know how to hold a drink, you should stop by the hors d’oeuvres table and grab something to eat before you head back to the bar–I mean strike up some conversations with other members on your way to the bar. Grab a bite or two to eat, but don’t overfill your plate. People rarely notice you going back for seconds at a large soirée; however, they will notice the appetizers piled high on your plate.

Play a Leading Role. In the ’60s, confidence and attitude could be a game changer both socially and professionally. When you walk into the party or away from the bar into the crowd, walk with purpose. First impressions are typically made within five seconds of meeting someone. Fifty-five percent of any first impression is based on the non-verbal perceptions of appearance and behavior. So, guys, rock that suit and skinny tie and ladies, sashay that patterned dress and heels.

We’ve given you the tips on how to walk the walk and talk the talk, so what are you waiting for? RSVP today!

Previous Blogs:

MAGNET Holiday Party 2012: How to Construct Your Mad Men Look

How to Construct Your Mad Men Look Part 2: For the

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By Corinn Ploessl
We’ve given you tips on how to dress for MAGNET’s upcoming Mad Men Holiday Party, but what is proper party etiquette at such an elaborate function? Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the big bash.
Dress to Impress. Our previous blogs have given you tips on how to dress the part–now go back, reread them, and make a checklist of what to wear for the party. Take pride in your appearance--it will make the night more fun if you dress the part.
Grab a Drink. The most important ’60s accessory isn’t a tie or pair of gloves, but a good strong cocktail. To fit the Mad Men part, ask the bartender for an old fashioned, a Tom Collins, or a muddled gin and tonic. OK, so maybe you’ll settle for a cold beer or a rum and Coke, but whatever you’re drinking, drink it with class.
Once you get a drink, don’t hang around the bar–get out and mingle. Keep in mind how you’re holding your drink as well. Don’t you just love the person who extends a wet, ice-cold hand for you to shake? NOT. A chilled drink like white wine should be held by the stem and a highball should be held by the base of the glass rather than wrapping your hand around the drink.
As always, have a designated driver. Gone are the days when drunk drivers just pay a fine and carry on, like Don Draper. Please be responsible.
(Don’t) Fill Your Plate. Now that you know how to hold a drink, you should stop by the hors d’oeuvres table and grab something to eat before you head back to the bar–I mean strike up some conversations with other members on your way to the bar. Grab a bite or

two to eat, but don’t overfill your plate. People rarely notice you going back for seconds at a large soirée; however, they will notice the appetizers piled high on your plate.
Play a Leading Role. In the ’60s, confidence and attitude could be a game changer both socially and professionally. When you walk into the party or away from the bar into the crowd, walk with purpose. First impressions are typically made within five seconds of meeting someone. Fifty-five percent of any first impression is based on the non-verbal perceptions of appearance and behavior. So, guys, rock that suit and skinny tie and ladies, sashay that patterned dress and heels.
We’ve given you the tips on how to walk the walk and talk the talk, so what are you waiting for? RSVP today!
Previous Blogs:
MAGNET Holiday Party 2012: How to Construct Your Mad Men Look
How to Construct Your Mad Men Look Part 2: For the Glamour Girls
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